June 22, 2012
The International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament recommends rejecting ACTA.
The committee rejected the controversial legislation 19 votes to 12. This is the fourth and final committee to deliver its report on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and will likely affect the European Parliament’s vote early July.
MEP Marietje Schaake, a member of the INTA committee, shares her satisfaction about the vote on the “undesirable treaty.”
“With this vote my committee has given an important advice to the plenary vote in two weeks. The EU should reject ACTA,” says Schaake, who has opposed ACTA since the beginning.
“ACTA contains some troublesome provisions for policy areas such as internet freedom and access to medicines. By regulating several policy areas in one document, ACTA enforces laws in an undesirable and dangerous way,” she adds.
UK MEP David Martin says the proposed act leaves “many questions unanswered”, including the role of internet service providers (ISPs) in policing the web. Many on the committee felt that the sanctions for breaches of copyright were “disproportionate,” he said.